Thursday, September 17, 2020

Contemporary Fiction by Filipinos in America, anthology book in Kindle

 



The collection of short stories, CONTEMPORARY FICTION BY FILIPINOS IN AMERICA edited by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard, is available on Kindle. 

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08HPK6J7W

This book is a follow-up of the collection, Fiction by Filipinos in America. Contemporary Fiction by Filipinos in America collects 26 stories by Filipino American authors including (in no particular order): Fatima Lim Wilson, Mila Faraon-Heubeck, Eileen Tabios, John Silva, Veronica Montes, Cecilia Manguerra Brainard, Lilia V. Villanueva, Mar V. Puatu, Vince Gotera, Oscar Penaranda, Luis Cabaquinto, F. Delor Angeles, Melissa R. Aranzamendea, Eulalio Yerro Ibarra, Nadine Sarreal, Jay Ruben Dayrit, Ligaya Victorio Fruto, Edgar Poma, Marianne Villanueva, Linda Ty-Casper, Paulino Lim, Jr. Greg Sarris,Lee Respecio Colomby, N.V.M. Gonzalez, Alma Jill Dizon. 


Harold Augenbraum reviewed the book in Manoa, saying: "“By pulling these personal, fictional quests together, the reader indeed comes away with a varied portrait of Filipinos in America, not the expression of dark causality present in the earlier generations of writers, such as Bulosan and Santos—those fantastic conjurors of Filipino American literature—but of people cautiously settling into what they hope will be a comfortable position … So many of these stories convey loneliness, disconnectedness, and an inability to form lasting attachments … This collection abounds with such tension … Brainard has done a fine job of bringing many little-known writers – and the edginess of Filipinos in America – to the fore. ”

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Fiction by Filipinos in America, Short Story Collection - Kindle sale

 

The collection, FICTION BY FILIPINOS IN AMERICA, is on sale on Kindle. The book includes classic stories such as Carlos Bulosan's "The Romance of Magno Rubio", Bienvenido N. Santos" "The Scent of Apples" and many more.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B013R8CKGI


The other authors in this anthology are (in no particular order): Linda Ty-Casper, N.V.M. Gonzalez, Juan Dionisio, Cecilia Manguerra Brainard, Manuel Viray, Ligaya Victorio Fruto, Jean Vengua Gier, Alberto Florentino, Michelle Cruz Skinner, Jessica Hagedorn, Paulino Lim, Jr., Samuel Tagatac, Virginia Cerenio, Julia Palarca, Oscar Penaranda, Erlinda Villamor Kravetz, Nadine Sarreal, Marianne Villanueva, Manuel Olimpo, Nenutzka Villamar, and Luis Cabalquinto.


World Literature Today praises the book: "“(Editor) Cecilia Manguerra Brainard’s selection is a delight. Some of the stories are masterly, especially those written by such reliables as Carlos Bulosan, Linda Ty-Casper, N.V.M. Gonzalez, and Alberto S. Florentino. None is less than highly competent, and all are worth reading. Manguerra Brainard has done an excellent job of mixing critical judgement and personal taste.”"

Seven Stories from Seven Sisters: A Collection of Philippine Folktales, by PAWWA

 Seven Stories From Seven Stories: A Collection of Philippine Folktales

by PAWWA (Philippine American Women Writers and Artists)

Here's a can of our book project published in 1992 - Cecilia Manguerra Brainard

Saturday, September 5, 2020

Remembering Maryknoller Maricel Lopez Hahn by Marissa Tay

 


My Maryknoll classmate Marissa Tay remembers our classmate Maricel Lopez Hahn who passed away last Aug. 27, 2020. 
 ~ Cecilia 

Remembering Maricel Lopez Hahn

By Marissa Tay

  My ‘closer friendship’ with Maricel began in 2014. I knew her from way back half a century ago, we were friendly because of our  St. Joseph’s Villa connection, but it was in 2014 that a true friendship blossomed. We met in Toronto 2014 for a visit, on Tere Valenton-Concepcion’s invitation, because Nina Lim-Yuson was attending a conference, and  a handful of us who lived close by to Toronto saw a great opportunity to reconnect with classmates before the big reunion in 2018. 

#CopingwithCovid Interview of Cecilia Brainard by DJ Billie of 95.9 Star FM Bacolod

 



Here's the link to the interview of Cecilia Brainard by DJ Billie of 95.9 Star FM Bacolod on Coping With Covid in the US:


https://www.facebook.com/starfmbacolod/videos/3269768436443226/?sfnsn=mo&extid=xdgDunmJWnmjpxPb



Tags: coronavirus covid19 covid interview copingwithcovid US Bacolod Visayas Philippines California writer author

Friday, September 4, 2020

The Class Reunion - Remembering the Salmon Run by Cecilia Brainard


 

To honor my classmate Maricel Lopez Hahn who passed away last Aug. 27, 2020, I am sharing this personal essay that was first published in Tomas Vol 2, Issue 12, 2nd Semester 2017-2018 (The Journal of the UST Center for Creative Writing and Literary Studies).


The Class Reunion: Remembering the Salmon Run

by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard 
Copyright 2017 and 2020 by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard


Aside from the two who lived in Toronto, the women who showed up for our class reunion in Toronto travelled from the Philippines, US, UK, and even Switzerland -- twenty-four women, college classmates, friends from Maryknoll days. I hadn’t seen many of them in decades and had lost the threads of their life stories. In many ways, they were strangers to me, but there were a few commonalities that we shared. Most of us were transplants from the Philippines. Many had left Manila in the years following our 1969 graduation. 

Eve La Salle Caram & Cecilia Brainard Authors of Two Novellas

 




Autbors of two novellas in the book PLEASE, SAN ANTONIO! & MELISANDE IN PARIS, Eve La Salle Caram and Cecilia Brainard. The novellas are set in Rome and Paris about women seeking healing. Amazon has both hard copy and Kindle formats of this book on sale.



It is also available from Barnes and Noble Online, in which there is a nice review of it that says:
"Great Summer Read that Takes you to Italy & France: I love this book of two novellas by two creative writing teachers. One story is set in Italy and the other in Paris, and so reading the book is like taking a vacation. The protagonists are women who find healing in relationships. There's good writing in these gentle lovely stories. The book also has delightful illustrations by Nina Lim-Yuson. I enjoyed this book very much."



Tags: book, books, international, women, Italy, France, Rome, Paris, love, healing, #summerreading2020
 


Thursday, September 3, 2020

Cecilia Brainard Updates on Filipino & FilAm Books by PALHBOOKS

 

Cecilia Brainard gives an update on the Filipino and Filipino American books published by Philippine American Literary House (PALH), palhbooks.com. It's on YouTube here. The narrative is pasted below:


Cecilia Brainard here, writer editor and publisher of PALH or Philippine American Literary House.

Interview of Cecilia Brainard by DJBillie of 95.9 Star FM Bacolod

 


Interview of Ceciila Brainard by DJBillie of 95.9 Star FM Bacolod will air soon: In California, it will air on Friday, September 4, 2020 at 6 p.m. In the Philippines, it will air on Saturday September 5, 2020 at 9 a.m. in the Philippines.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

RIP Maricel Lopez Hahn Maryknoller - Pictures, Remembrances

 My classmate from Maryknoll College Quezon City, Maricel Lopez Hahn, passed away last August 27, 2020 from leukemia. 

To honor her, I am sharing remembrances and pictures of her.

  • Here is a personal essay that I wrote about that Toronto Reunion, The Class Reunion: Remembering the Salmon Run - click on link below.

https://cbrainard.blogspot.com/2020/09/the-class-reunion-remembering-salmon.html 

  • Marissa Tay also remembers Maricel Lopez Hahn here:  

https://cbrainard.blogspot.com/2020/09/remembering-maryknoller-maricel-lopez.html

Maricel is wearing black and white in the photo directly below this one, seated far left. You can find her in the other pictures. We had a joyous time at the Toronto reunion. 




Maricel Lopez Hahn if seated far right, in black and white.








 

Friday, August 28, 2020

The Eye of the Needle, short story by Gilda Cordero-Fernando

  

Gilda Cordero-Fernando b 1930-d 2020

Gilda Cordero-Fernando passed away on August 27, 2020. To honor her, I am reprinting her story, The Eye of the Needle, which is part of the collection Growing Up Filipino: Stories for Young Adults (ed Cecilia Brainard, published by PALH, 2003).  Reprinted by permission of PALH.

Please read "Literary Luminary and Cultural Icon Gild Cordero-Fernando Dies at 90".

Following is the excerpt with her story from the anthology.

GILDA CORDERO-FERNANDO
Gilda Cordero-Fernando was born and raised in Manila, Philippines. She received her B.A. and B.S. in Education from St. Theresa’s College; and her M.A. from the Ateneo Graduate School. She wrote short fiction in her "early housewife" years, from 1952-1970, then put it behind her to go into non-fiction and publishing. Her most recent collection is entitled Story Collection (Anvil 1994). As publisher, Gilda trailblazed with big and beautiful illustrated Filipiniana volumes such as Turn of the Century, Culinary Culture of the Philippines, and History of the Burgis. She was the Patnubay ng Sining awardee for literature in the 1993 Araw ng Maynila, and the Cultural Center of the Philippines' Gawad awarded for literature and publishing in 1994. She has also produced children's books; she has painted; she has organized fashion shows ― Gilda's ways for artistic expression have been boundless.

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Good Night, Gilda Cordero Fernando


 Standing: Cecilia Brainard, Marily Orosa, Felice Sta. Maria; seated Gilda Cordero Fernando

I must confess that I hardly slept last night, and it had to do with the passing of Gilda Cordero Fernando. That with the stresses of Covid and politics kept me awake until around 4 am.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Kindle Release of Two Novellas by Eve La Salle Caram & Cecilia Brainard

 





PALH (Philippine American Literary House) announces the Kindle release of two novellas, PLEASE, SAN ANTONIO! by Eve La Salle Caram & MELISANDE IN PARIS by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard:

 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08GL7D81T


The book. a Special International edition of PALH, collects two delightful novellas written by award-winning authors about women who journey to Rome and Paris and find creativity, identity, love, and healing. 

Fundamentals of Creative Writing by Cecilia Brainard, now on Wattpad

 



For educational purposes, Cecilia Brainard has decided to make her book, Fundamentals for Creative Writing, available for free in Wattpad. It's available in Kindle format and Anvil may still have hard copies, but this free digital form will help students and educators. 

Here's the link:  

https://www.wattpad.com/943227652-fundamentals-of-creative-writing-by-cecilia

Tags: writing, how to write, creative writing, creative nonfiction, fundamentals of writing, how to write, literature, fiction writing, personal essays

Herminia Meñez Coben Reviews The Newspaper Widow by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard




Book Review by Herminia Meñez Coben, Ph.D.

Professor Emerita from California State University of Sonoma

Title: The Newspaper Widow

Author: Cecilia Manguerrra Brainard

Publisher: University of Santo Tomas Publishing House, 2017, Beato Angelico Bldg., Espana, Manila, Philippines; 

Available from Amazon in hard copy and in Kindle format

Number of pages: 234 pages

Softcover, $18.95 in the US

 

            The Newspaper Widow, a fast-paced, multi-layered novel of romance and mystery, presents an international cast of characters: a Spanish friar; an ill-fated lawyer; an expatriate Frenchwoman and her gay friends, a Tagalog and a Catalan; an American doctor and researcher at the leper colony; and finally, the enterprising publisher widow of the novel’s title, Ines Maceda.

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

PALH Kindle Release of Veronica Montes Short Story Collection

 


For your Summer Reading:

PALH (Philippine American Literary House) announces the Kindle release of "Benedicta Takes Wing and Other Stories, a short story collection by Veronica Montes. 

It is also available in paperback and hardcover from Amazon.

Monday, August 24, 2020

Cecilia Brainard's Popular Books

 


Cecilia Manguerra Brainard is the author and editor of over twenty books. Cecilia grew up in the port city of Cebu in Central Philippines, a place that retains its Spanish-Colonial influences, inspiring Cecilia to create her mythical setting called “Ubec” which echoes the Santo Niño Church, triangular Spanish fort, and old buildings and streets of the real Cebu. 

Her three novels — When the Rainbow Goddess Wept, Magdalena, and The Newspaper Widow are set (even partially) in Ubec. Ubec also appears in her three short story collections — Woman in Horns and Other Stories, Acapulco at Sunset and Other Stories, and Vigan and Other Stories. 

Friday, August 21, 2020

Interview of Cecilia Brainard by 95.9 Star FM Bacolod

 


INTERVIEW OF CECILIA MANGUERRA BRAINARD by DJ Billie of 95.0 Star FM Bacolod about Life in the US during Coronavirus Here's the interview:
Interview by Ve Ann Joy D. Lumangyao,.LPT (DJ Billie)
Disc Jockey
95.9 Star FM Bacolod
starfm_bacolod@bomboradyo.info
707-2836 I 441-1670; 09957924803

1. Greetings:  I am Cecilia Manguerra Brainard, writer -- please see my site for bio:  ceciliabrainard.com

2.Kamusta ang buhay niyo dyan sa America?
 
 
As of August 21, 2020, here in California, we no longer have a lockdown and the economy is opening up. California is not doing well; as of today there are 227,346 confirmed Covid19 cases in Los Angeles, with 5,446 deaths. In my city, Santa Monica, it is mandatory to wear masks once you are outside your house. Only outdoor restaurant dining is allowed and so you see parking lots of restaurants converted for outdoor eating.

Thursday, August 20, 2020

ELECTION INFORMATION FOR BATTLEGROUND STATES (compiled by Cecilia Brainard)

 


I’ve collated election information for battleground states here. I got the links online. Please double check information.
Act NOW because of postal delays. Vote in person or use official ballot drop box.

Saturday, August 15, 2020

California Voting Information for Nov. 2020 (compiled by Cecilia Brainard)

 


Here is information as of 8/15/2020. I will continue to add information in this note, so check back.
VOTING INFORMATION RE CALIFORNIA:
Vote early
California voters can also vote before Election Day. The early voting period runs from Monday, October 5, 2020 to Monday, November 2, 2020, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live. Early voting and vote-by-mail ballot drop off locations may be found on the Secretary of State's Early Voting website.
Vote on election day
All registered voters in California will receive a ballot by mail. However, in-person voting locations will be available to voters. Polling locations may be found online by visiting the Secretary of State's My Voter Status tool.
Vote early
California voters can also vote before Election Day. The early voting period runs from Monday, October 5, 2020 to Monday, November 2, 2020, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live. Early voting and vote-by-mail ballot drop off locations may be found on the Secretary of State's Early Voting website.

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Larger Portrait of Remedios Lopez Cuenco by Ceciia Brainard

 




I made a larger portrait of my great-grandmother Remedios Lopez Cuenco as reference. I had made a smaller study a few days ago. https://ceciliabrainard.com/portrait-of-remedios-lopez-cuenco-by-cecilia-brainard/


Here is an excerpt from my grand-uncle’s biography that touches on the life and background of Remedios, who inspired me to write my third novel, The Newspaper Widow:



“From Archbishop Cuenco Autobiography, pages 1–3:

I was born in the little town of Carmen, Cebu province on May 19, 1885. I received Baptism in the same Church on May 27, 1887, and was confirmed by the Spanish Bishop, Most Rev. Martin Alcoser of the Franciscan Order. My parents were Mariano A. Cuenco and Remedios Diosomito. They did not enjoy a long and thorough education in the school as we understand it today. My father attended classes at the Normal School for teachers in Manila just for one year. This school was directed by the Jesuit fathers. My mother was no more fortunate than my father. While a young girl, she studied in Cebu at the old Inmaculada College run by the Sisters of Charity. There she learned the three R’s. For one reason or another she quit schooling. Hence she just stayed at school for one year. But both of them were gifted by nature with natural talent and ability. They specially possessed a tactical and common sense.

 

Friday, August 7, 2020

Portrait of Remedios Lopez Cuenco by Cecilia Brainard

 

I made this portrait using the photo of my great-grandmother Remedios Lopez Cuenco as reference.  Remedios was the mother of my grandfather (Mariano Jesus Cuenco, who was the father of my mother Concepcion Cuenco Manguerra.  

Portrait of Filomena Alesna Cuenco by Cecilia Brainard

 


I made this portrait of my maternal grandmother, Filomena Alesna Cuenco, in prisma color and pastel, size 9 x 12.

Filomena Alesna Cuenco from Carcar; born May 1, 1882, parents: Evaristo Barcenilla Alesna and Cresencia Ynosencia Sanchez Villarosa; parents died when she was young and she and her 2 sisters were raised by 2 old maid aunts; her older sister Placida married Mateo Noel; her younger sister Josefa married a Montesclaros; Filomena married Mariano Jesus Cuenco; they had 8 children (6 survived to adulthood: Manuel, Lourdes, Concepcion, Carmen, Consuelo, Teresita; the two who died as children were Maria and Corazon); had a stroke and died during wartime (WWII).

 

Read also:

https://cbrainard.blogspot.com/2014/06/philippines-cuenco-family-remembrance.html

Tags: Filipino woman, Filipina, art, sketch, portrait, Cebu, Philippines

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Filipinos #CopingWithCovid - Elizabeth Ann Besa-Quirino




 Elizabeth Ann Besa-Quirino



The following is part of Cecilia Brainard's series, Filipinos Coping with Covid.

Responding to my interview questions, Filipino American author Elizabeth Ann Besa-Quirino describes life in New Jersey, USA, during the time of coronavirus. This was written on May 24, 2020.

Update August 4, 2020 by Betty Ann Quirino: New Jersey is still on partial lockdown, even if some places opened. Gyms and bars are still not allowed to open. And masks are mandated in every building, park or public place.

We are still working from home and practicing social distancing as we did in March.

 

Monday, July 20, 2020

SALE - Cecilia Brainard Books for $5 Each



SALE - Ceciila Brainard Books for $5 each

PALH has Cecilia Brainard books on sale. These are new, but may have minor wear, at $5 each, US shipping is $10: Will combine shipping. Email palhbooks@gmail.com, Visit ceciliabrainard.com (click on books and other books) for more information.

Titles:

Cecilia's Diary: 1962-1969;



Growing Up Filipino: Stores for Young Aduts 


Magdalena (US edition)

Journey of 100 Years: Reflections on the Centennial of Phi. Independence




 Out of Cebu: Essays and Personal Prose
 
 
tags: Philippine literature, Philippine books, Filipiniana, literature, #CeciliaBrainard 



Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Interviews of Filipino Americans #CopingWithCovid



INTERVIEWS OF FILIPINOS IN AMERICA by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard, 

The following interviews are part of Cecilia Brainard's Filipinos #CopingWithCovid series. These were done last May 25, 2020. Since then, the United States has had a surge of Covid cases with 3.48 million confirmed cases, and 138,000 deaths (as of July 15,2020). 

Copyright 2020 by Cecilia M. Brainard


MARIANO ABERASTURI

ER Nurse, New York 


Interview done on May 25, 2020

I am 24 years old.  I am a nurse, working night shifts 3 times a week at Suny downstate Brooklyn. I only deal with covid patients since my hospital was one of the three hospitals in NY that became a covid-only patients hospital. We have lost many patients to covid but I haven't lost anyone I know personally.

As of May 25, we are still on lockdown. I am not alone. I am with my sister, Ina, her boyfriend and my girlfriend Sabrina. 


Financially we have to spend more for safety.

National Geographic Features Brainard's Growing Up Filipino Books





PALH (Philippine American Literary House) is proud that National Geographic has featured its two publications: GROWING UP FILIPINO: STORIES FOR YOUNG ADULTS & GROWING UP FILIPINO: MORE STORIES FOR YOUNG ADULTS in its Summer Reading List.
Edited by Cecilia Manguerra Branard, Growing Up Filipino 1 and 2 collect stories about the saga of what it means to be young and Filipino.

Both books and also the Kindle editions are easily available from AMAZON. ***


For more information: https://ceciliabrainard.com/…/growing-up-filipino-stories-…/

https://ceciliabrainard.com/book/growing-up-filipino-ii/

***

School Library Journal reviews both books as follows: 



GROWING UP FILIPINO: STORIES FOR YOUNG ADULTS::
These 29 short stories offer a highly textured portrait of Filipino youth and an excellent sampling of creative writing. Thematically arranged, most of the pieces have been written since the turn of the 21st century. Each story is introduced by a thumbnail sketch of the author and a paragraph or two about some element of Filipino culture or history that is relevant to the story. Authors include those born and continuing to live in the Philippines, emigres, and American-born Filipinos. Tough but relevant topics addressed include a gay youth’s affection for his supportive mother, the role of religious didacticism in the formation of a childhood perception, consumer culture as it is experienced by modern teens in Manila, and coping with bullies of all ages and stations in life. While the introduction seems more appropriate to graduate school than high school students, and the layout and book design are not attractive, there is much here to merit consideration. There are more Filipinos living in the U.S. than most people realize, but finding literature reflective of their experiences is difficult. The high caliber and broad but wholly accessible range of this collection, however, makes this title a solid purchase for multiple reasons.” (School Library Journal) 



GROWING UP FILIPINO: MORE STORIES FOR YOUNG ADULTS:
Brainard has again selected powerful, evocative stories of family: of promises and disappointment, failure and resentment, tenacious and all-consuming love, anxiety and transcendent hope. There is plenty here to stimulate discussion and encourage an appreciation of Filipino writing and culture. This anthology is a worthy successor to the first volume and has appeal to an audience beyond high school literature courses.” (School Library Journal)

 Tags: Philippines, Filipino, Pinoy, literature, stories, fiction, short stories, anthology, young adult, teenagers


Friday, July 10, 2020

Filipinos #CopingWithCovid -- Brian Ascalon Roley, Ohio USA





The following is part of my series, Filipinos Coping with Covid.

Responding to my interview questions, Brian Ascalon Roley describes life  in Ohio, USA, during the time of coronavirus. This was written on May 24, 2020.

Update July 10, 2020 by Brian Roley: "Since I first answered these questions, the lockdown ended, but now there’s been a surge in my county and masks are required again. Not much has changed in terms of my work patterns. But I am preparing my two undergraduate classes this fall classes online. 

Brian Ascalon Roley has received fellowships and awards from the National Endowment of the Arts, the University of Cambridge, Cornell University, the Ohio Arts Council, the Association of Asian American Studies, the Djerassi Foundation, Ragdale, the VCCA, and others. An English Professor at Miami University of Ohio, his books include the widely taught AMERICAN SON (W.W. Norton), a New York Times Notable Book, and THE LAST MISTRESS OF JOSE RIZAL AND OTHER STORIES (Northwestern University Press). More at: www.brianroley.com

 

Interview of Brian Ascalon Roley by Cecilia Brainard

Copyright 2020 by Cecilia Brainard 


CECILIA BRAINARDAre you still in lockdown? Are you alone or with others? Do you see other people, and do you practice social distancing if so?


BRIAN ASCALON ROLEY:  Here in Ohio we are still sort of in lockdown. That is, it’s now called something different, stores have partially opened up, and even restaurants are permitted to serve with conditions, though most are still tentative, mostly closed. My habit of getting out of the house with a laptop over coffee is sorely missed. A friend of mine joked that she’d never thought she’d miss Starbucks. So I keep to home, with my wife and two boys. My oldest son’s graduation was a ceremony of one; we followed him with a video camera.

CB:      Are you working? If yes, are you working from your home or do you have to go to your place of work?


BR: I write and teach. My university classes were abruptly made remote; we never had a chance to say goodbye in person. What made it most painful was that the in person rapport was especially good this semester. They never had a graduation. Some had jobs, now gone. I feel bad for them, feel their shock. I’ve camped out in my home office, with laptop, learned to make videos and hold remote meetings. My RSI has flared up from all the computer work.


CB: Were you affected financially by the pandemic? Did you lose your job? Did you get assistance?


BR: I didn’t lose a job, but I lost a leave. That was painful. I felt a book slip away.


CB: Do you go out? To take walks? To see relatives or friends? For exercise?

BR: Fortunately we’ve been able to go outside. My youngest son is learning to drive, so I’ve had him drive me to hiking. That’s been great time together. I know it wouldn’t have been possible in some other states. One painful thing is not being able to take our trips to see my elderly parents and in-laws in California. We don’t want to catch germs on a plane and give it to them, even now that flights are permitted. Precious together-time has been lost. Still is.


CB: Do you wear a face mask? Do you practice social distancing?

I wear a mask to the stores and distance whenever outside the house. But mostly life has been a quarantine of four.


CB: Please describe in a few sentences your daily routine.

BR: In the morning: I retreat with coffee to my room above the garage, and write or read for inspiration. Currently it’s a novel-in-verse, Ludlow, by David Mason about a 1914 massacre in Colorado. I do yoga. Afternoons, I hike.


CB: Do you go buy your own groceries? What precautions do you take?

BR: We go to Kroger, Whole Foods. Everyone wears masks, and we do too. Whole Foods gives them away, so people pretend not to have one.


CBDo you order food to go? What precautions do you take?

BR: We tried in-car pickup from a restaurant. We waited thirty minutes in a hot, clicking car past the time it was supposed to be ready. That happened once. We eat in.


CBDo you shop online or do you go out to stores that are open?

BR: Online, mostly. 

Filipinos #CopingWith Covid - Barbara Ann Velasco Jacala, San Diego, CA, USA



The following is part of my series, Filipinos Coping with Covid.

Responding to my interview questions, Barbara Ann Velasco Jacala describes life for her in San Diego, USA, during the time of coronavirus. She and her husband Jack have been quarantining with their youngest daughter and her family. 

This was written on May 24, 2020.  Update. as of July 10, 2020, the coronavirus cases and deaths have soared in the US. Copyright 2020 by Cecilia Brainard ~ Cecilia Brainard


Life in San Diego, USA during Covid 19
By Barbara Ann Velasco

Dear Cecilia,

My husband Jack and I are quarantining in San Diego with our youngest daughter and her family. We're taking the lockdown as an opportunity to be hands-on with  our three grandkids (5, 3, and 1).

I am retired and fully helping with family at home. My daughter and son-in-law are working remotely. The eldest grandchild is now homeschooling and the younger ones are home from daycare. When my husband and I come in from errands, our kisses and hugs are held off until we wash up. 

Friday, July 3, 2020

Travel Challenge - Vietnam



My own Travel challenge - to post a favorite travel photo daily, to send out something beautiful to this world.
This was taken in Vietnam.


Tags: #travel #Travelpictures #Vietnam #Asia #photographs #photos 

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Travel Challenge, Inle Lake, Burma




My own Travel challenge - to post a favorite travel photo daily, to send out something beautiful to this world.
(I don't know how PC this picture is, but the Long Neck Karen women did not mind being the attraction in a shop in Inle Lake, Burma.)

Tags: travel, Burma, Myanmar, photos 

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Travel Challenge, Burma




My own Travel challenge - to post a favorite travel photo daily, to send out something beautiful to this world.
I took this photo in Burma 

I should add that this photo was used in an ad by a non-profit:




Tags: Burma, Myanmar, travel, photographs, picture, photo

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Travel Challenge: Paris Mont Saint Michel






My own Travel challenge - to post a favorite travel photo daily, to send out something beautiful to this world.
It looks like it'll be a while before I can visit Paris again, especially given the Eu banned US travelers due to America's unchecked coronavirus situation.

Tags: travel, Paris, Mont Saint Michel, #travelban #Covid19

Monday, June 29, 2020

Old Photographs Tony Cuenco of Cebu, Philippines




Cuenco Famiy: I am sharing what I believe are early pictures of my cousin TONY CUENCO who recently passed away. The picture of three, shows my grandmother Filomena Alesna Cuenco with Tony (the older boy) and another grandson.

The group picture features my grandfather and grandmother, Senator Mariano Cuenco and his wife Filomena with their family. Standing l‑r: Carmen Cuenco, Milagros Veloso Cuenco carrying Baby Tony, behind them is possibly my mother Concepcion Cuenco Manguerra carrying Baby Victoria, Consuelo Cuenco, back is Manuel Cuenco, Archbishop Jose Ma. Cuenco, Miguel Cuenco, Lourdes Cuenco.


My oldest sister Victoria was a bit older than Tony. They were the first grandchildren of Mariano and Filomena and reportedly were “spoiled.” They are both gone now. Victoria passed away two years ago from heart complications, and recently Tony succumbed to Covid. May they rest in peace.





Read also: 84-year-old Tony Cuenco dies from new coronavirus

Tags: Cuenco, Cebu, politics, society, Philippines #TonyCuenco

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Filipinos #CopingWithCovid --- Linda Ty-Casper, USA



The following is part of my series, Filipinos Coping with Covid.

Linda Ty-Casper is a multi-award Filipina novelist noted for her historical fiction set in the Philippines. She is the author of over 16 books and has been awarded the SEA WRITE Award, Rockefeller (Bellagio), Radcliffe Fellowship, among others.

Responding to my interview questions, Linda describes life for her in Massachusetts, USA, during the time of coronavirus. This was written on May 24, 2020. Copyright 2020 by Cecilia Brainard ~ Cecilia Brainard


Life in Massachusets, USA during Covid 19
By Linda Ty-Casper

Dear Cecilia,

We're still in lockdown and I have been in for over two months now. I'm in the house by myself but neighbors look after me, bring me take outs, include me in their grocery deliveries. A friend's daughter asks for my grocery list when she shops for her mother. I get help with the computer and, once, checking the fuse box for the refrigerator.